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For more than thirty years, veteran clinical psychologist Ellen Weber Libby has been helping successful, often-powerful clients in Washington, DC—a place known for its outsized personalities—deal with their personal problems. One pattern that has emerged out of some 60,000 hours of therapy is what she calls "the favorite child complex." In this groundbreaking book, she describes in intimate detail how being the favorite child can confer both great advantages and also significant emotional handicaps.

While many of Dr. Libbys clients are successful because of their favorite-child status—they have been brought up to believe that they can do anything and are unafraid of challenges— they suffer from an array of personality problems. Behind the outward appearance of money, power, charm, and attractive looks, they feel an intense pressure to maintain the façade at all costs. Sometimes their ability to tell the truth becomes shaky; sometimes their intimate relationships are elusive. In a series of chapters that offer insightful vignettes from actual therapy sessions (the identities of clients are disguised), Dr. Libby explores why parents, consciously or unconsciously, choose a favorite child, as well as the long-term effects of being the favorite son or daughter of either or both parents. She also discusses family situations where parents have successfully made each of their children feel favored and have instilled in their children a healthy emotional balance. She details parental skills and family processes that increase the likelihood of this type of success and that, most importantly, reduce the risk of the favorite childs curse—power corrupted. Illuminating for adults trying to come to terms with their own emotional baggage as well as parents seeking the best way to rear their children, The Favorite Child makes for rewarding reading.

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This volume addresses the advantages and problems of being a favorite child, including an increase in confidence and determination, but the possibility of problems with moral choices. Libby, a clinical psychologist who draws from her work with powerful public officials and former favored children in Washington, DC, explores why parents choose favorite children, the long-term effects of this on the child and the rest of the family, the dynamics of favoritism, and how parents can be open and honest about it, make each of their children feel favored, and instill a healthy emotional balance. She concludes with the stories of several patients and different types of favoritism they experienced. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A thirty year veteran clinical psychologist describes in intimate detail how being the favorite child can confer both great advantages and significant emotional handicaps. Also illuminating for young parents seeking the best way to rear their children.

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About the Author

Ellen Weber Libby, PhD (Annapolis, MD), is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Washington, DC, for over thirty years. Her professional experience includes the position

of clinical director of a mental health center serving a three-county region and service on the faculty at

the University of Maryland where she had significant responsibility for clinical training

of students. Dr. Libby writes a blog for Psychology Today called "The Favorite Child": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-favorite-child

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591027621
Author:
Libby, Ellen Weber
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Preface by:
Halpern, Howard M.
Preface:
Halpern, Howard M.
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Clinical Psychology
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Parenting - Discipline
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.83 in 0.75 lb

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